What all do you have to do to properly maintain your trees? It’s no secret that many people don’t do anything. There are lots of other responsibilities that homeowners have, and tree pruning and other types of maintenance can fall by the wayside. Not only that but tree trimming can also be dangerous under certain conditions. People might not feel like they have the money to hire a professional arborist. Well, let’s take a closer look at what all is required when it comes to tree maintenance, and then you can decide what you can and cannot do.
Much is said about maintaining existing trees, but what about planting them? I remember when I moved into my first home. There was a crepe myrtle in the front yard and a tree growing into the side of the fence in the backyard. I wanted to plant a tree, and I ended up planting three. I say that because I made a bad decision about one of the trees I planted.
What’s the lesson? The lesson is that if you want to plant a tree in your yard, you want to make sure that you plant the right one. Not only that, but you have to know how to take care of a younger tree. Younger trees need to be trimmed more often than mature trees. When it comes to choosing the right tree, you don’t just need to choose the right type, but also make sure that you get a healthy tree.
Once you have the right tree, you want to make sure you plant it correctly, too. Once you have it planted, do you know what mulch you are going to use? How often do you water a new tree? How often do you water your existing trees? You know that the trees need to be pruned or trimmed, but how often does that need to be done? You also need to know when and how to specifically do it.
Do you know anything about tree diseases and also the pests that can cause problems for your trees? You won’t have to deal with all the pests, but you might have to work to keep some of them away. You might or might not have to worry about a diseased tree, but it does happen. At the same time, tree removal also needs to be addressed in this piece. Do you have a tree that needs to be removed?
If you do have a tree that needs to be removed, you don’t want to tackle it yourself. I don’t know how many times I’ve told the story about when I tried to remove a dead tree in my backyard. Granted, it was half gone already and only about 10 feet tall. Still, it took me and a co-worker of mine to get it down to a stump, and we both said that was the last time we would ever try anything like that. Think about what all needs to be done to your trees, and perhaps it is time to hire an arborist.